MHC Garden Internship

Duration:  40 hours per week, summer 2013

Location: Mount Holyoke College Campus

Position Title: Garden Intern (2)

The Mount Holyoke Student Garden Project, known as Crops for Closer Community, began as an independent study in 2004.  With approval from the college administration, and the generosity of the senior class of 2007, the Garden Project was born.   In the past five years, summer interns grew various vegetable crops and herbs, which were sold at the South Hadley Farmer's Market and the College's Dining Services in the Fall.  The Garden Project serves as a platform to initiate conversations about local food production, food security, and overall campus sustainability.  The garden is also used for field research and as a teaching tool, giving it a direct tie-in to the curriculum.

Housing:
Housing will be provided by the Miller Worley Center on the MHC campus.

For more information: MHC Garden

Description:

Interns will plan the garden (e.g., what crops to grow and the cropping pattern), determine when to plant and harvest; facilitate care for soil and plants, including soil testing ; organize and oversee volunteer work days (if any); research and implement organic solutions to pest and other site-related problems; coordinate sale of produce to Dining Services and/or other venues, and; manage equipment and supplies. Interns will be charged with maintaining the research plots integrated into the garden.

In addition to performing work related to the daily maintenance of the garden, interns will also also participate in the South Hadley Farmer's Market, assisting farmers and the market manager, as well visiting and engaging with area farms to become more knowledgeable about local food production in the pioneer valley.  Students are encouraged to  design and implement a research project, focusing on issues either directly related to the MHC Garden or to sustainable agriculture in the local community. 

Qualifications:

Field experience in agriculture, people management skills, and time management skills.  Interns must be comfortable working outdoors under physically demanding circumstances. Basic Biology knowledge highly desired. Prior or current involvement with the MHC garden, whether directly or through course work, strongly preferred.

Funding: $2600 (plus housing on campus)
Available through the Center for the Environment Summer Leadership Fellowship Program; (see below for application instructions.)

About the Organization:
The mission of the Garden Project is to foster an increased awareness of local, sustainable food production systems and to provide an on-campus field site for the study of agro-ecological principles.  The Garden Project also aims to build connections and share knowledge with the local agricultural community of the Pioneer Valley, thereby strengthening the college’s relationship to the regional community.  The garden is located on Prospect Hill. 

Application Instructions: Please submit resume, cover letter, and the name of 3 references by Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to rmaddox@mtholyoke.edu.